When a mother (Claire McDowell) dies of heart failure in a doctor's office, the physician (Lew Cody), feeling somewhat guilty because he couldn't save her, takes an interest in the woman's young daughter, and makes her his ward, but his fiancé (Aileen Pringle) doesn't particularly like it.
After he returns from a three-year engagement in Europe, the doctor discovers that his ward is now a beautiful, full-grown woman, and finds himself falling for her.
August 15, 2013 Subject:
This was a good movie - kind of a variation on Daddy Long Legs with Mary Pickford. I agree that there had to be a little cut out about Dick's dirty dealings, but what really bothered me was that the dr and the girl both seemed ready to get married to each other and then all the sudden, she's getting married to Dick! I'm thinking a scene was cut out there too.
January 20, 2013 Subject:
Decent soap opera
This movie is a decent, if not terribly exciting, story of a successful doctor who takes in as a ward the young teenage daughter of a patient who died while waiting in his office to see without an appointment. The doctor falls for the ward who also has feelings for the doctor because of his helping her after her mother died.
The story has a major conflict in the doctor's fiance, and her brother who falls for the young girl. Part of the film here on Archive.com seems to have been cut out - the brother had an affair with a minor character. Apparently the doctor doesn't want his ward to marry the brother because of that. Even with this trimming it's still a decent story and acting. Three and a half stars.
December 26, 2010 Subject:
Not a bad little film
As long as you're a fan of old movies and know not to expect a masterpiece, you're in for a good time. Sure, the story was predictable and the characters were rather flat, as were most performances, but the overall atmosphere compensated for it. The low budget didn't allow the filmmakers to make the settings look artificial or glossy, which makes the film sort of a time capsule of the early thirties. The high point, however, was the performance of Lew Cody in the lead, who seemed very British for an American actor and died just a year after this movie. Overall, at just about an hour's length, By Appointment Only is worth checking out for film buffs.
November 13, 2010 Subject:
It was "OK"
I found this average story line to be somewhat of a slow mover, and the acting/characters kind of mediocre, but it was still entertaining enough, and better than most things on TV today.